My husband and I planned our 150th trip around the reenactments. I bought tickets for all for days, but not the grand stand. We got to the park early, about 9 each morning, and about 1 for Picketts Charge, and were able to get seats close the to the Confederate lines all four days. Even though we weren't very close to the actual battle, we had no problem seeing, and actually enjoyed being away from the large crowds.
I read carefully the directions sent with the package, and emailed the organization with questions I had. I was told that no, we couldn't bring coolers, but we could bring our own lunch and waters, which saved us hundreds of dollars. I never had any problems with the security checking my bag.
The heat was unbelievable and there was no shade available. We did spend a lot of time in the shade tents after we set up our chairs, and I was surprised how many people weren't using them. The tickets do allow you to leave and return later, but we never came back for the afternoon battles,which have us time to do other things in the town.
If you're planning your trip, consider this an option. Do your research and read the reviews. Be prepared to sit in traffic and walk a ways. My husband and I definitely enjoyed the experience, but it's not something we will do again on future trips. It's too expensive, and I can't imagine that it changes much from year to year.
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